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Mabel Seeley

  • Imagination is so much harder to face than reality.

  • Pity is something only weakness wants.

  • ... figures are clear and open, they hold nothing hidden, no secret they will not tell.

  • People who know their worth can live austerely; it's the people nagged by the gnawing knowledge of their own cheapness who have that eternal necessity for submerging themselves in what they feel is superlative in material things, as if fine possessions could make them fine.

  • She could never forget her dependence on these possessions; even in these circumstances she looked from them to us, as if she felt they must awe us, must make us feel we couldn't dare affront the owner of such costliness. Yet when we showed no evidence of being impressed ... she felt we must only be hiding our awe.

  • ... credit, he thought, had only one advantage over piety — you needn't die to find out your returns.

  • ... she still somehow must get money; what other goal was there?

  • [She] held conversational reins tight in her hands.

  • The only time I'm pleased with myself is when I'm exhausted and shaking from having written too much.

    • Mabel Seeley,
    • in Carmen Nelson Richards and Genevieve Rose Breen, eds., Minnesota Writes ()
  • There's less skill and more plain hard work to writing than anyone except a writer thinks.

    • Mabel Seeley,
    • in Carmen Nelson Richards and Genevieve Rose Breen, eds., Minnesota Writes ()

Mabel Seeley, U.S. writer

(1903 - 1991)

Full name: Mabel Hodnefield Seeley Ross.